Baked Apple Cups

by heidi on September 27, 2011

Our neighbor has an apple tree. My daughter covets that tree. Patiently waiting. Waiting since spring, when I cut down our apricot tree that I don’t think she’s yet forgiven me for.

Baked Apple Pie Cups

So now that the apples have finally ripened for harvest, we nonchalantly wandered over to check out the tree, and borrow a few apples. Yes mom, she said we could.

What to do with them apples? My Smudge’s request has been apple pie—again with the pie! When will this girl’s pie obsession be satiated? Um, maybe when I bake her a pie?

FoodieCrush Apple

But with no time to make a full blown crust, I pulled a puff pastry from the freezer and baked up an alternative that put her pleadings on the back burner, for now…

Baked Apple Cups

Yield: serves 6

Baked Apple Cups


1 1/2 sheets frozen puff pastry
2 T melted butter
2 tsp sugar
3 apples, cored and thinly sliced
2 T plus 1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp zested lemon rind


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw puff pastry dough and cut into six pieces, discarding remaining two pieces. Brush with melted butter and place into greased 6 X 1 cup muffin tins. Sprinkle pastry with refined sugar. Combine remaining ingredients reserving 1 tsp brown sugar. Divide between tins and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

adapted from Donna Hay's The Instant Cook

How about a few more apples that don’t fall far from the tree? Enjoy.

FoodieCrush Inspiring the Day Apple Cakephoto > Inspiring the Every Day

Michael shares his tidy parcels of goodness with his moist (thanks to the buttermilk) caramel-ey (thanks to the cream and sugar) and  sinfully salty (thanks to the fleur de sal) Cinnamon Apple Cake, laced with salted caramel in Inspiring the Every Day‘s individual desserts. I’ll take two.

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Dara, our favorite Cookin’ Canuck, has given her own spin to a recipe originating from Pam Anderson of Three Many Cooks, and created Apple Upside-Down Biscuits with Gala apples and complimentary nutmeg, cinnamon—plus the pièce_de_résistance,  ice cream!

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Lisa’s secret to a crunchy, but light as air fritter is rice flour, which makes My Lemony Kitchen‘s Apple Fritters with Ice Cream a better than good, gluten-free dessert. And don’t forget the extra sweet topper of a piece of really good chocolate. Just for that extra gooey factor.

FoodieCrush Tiny Tea Room Apple Almond Snailphoto >Tiny Tea Room

Amy has a secret I too share, save yourself the headache and forget trying to make puff pastry from scratch. Tiny Tea Room‘s nuggets of Apple Almond Snail Pastries combine almond cream and an apple filling for the perfect pop-in-in-your-mouth dessert.

On another note, I am so excited to share with all of you the amazing talents that are contributing to the debut issue of FoodieCrush magazine. When will November 15 get here already? If you’re interested in advertising and partnership opportunities, contact me at heidi at foodiecrush dot com.

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Posted in: baking and breads,desserts and sweets,vegetables and fruits

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 27, 2011 at 5:31 am

Oh wow, all these apple desserts look amazing! A couple days ago I posted about Caramel Apple Bars that I made. And now I have all these other apple desserts I want to try :)


Stacie (Foodie2Shoes) September 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

Yay! We go apple picking every fall and I’m always looking for fun new apple recipes to try out. This will come in handy in a couple of weeks.


Bev Weidner September 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’m just hoping there’s room in your little apple pies for…oh…I dunno….MY WHOLE HEAD.


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:05 am

Take ‘em down one by one.


Cookin' Canuck September 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

You are Baked Apple Cuplettes are so darn cute and, considering that I have a severe pie crust phobia (making it, not eating it), I love that they are made with puff pastry. Thanks so much for including my (Pams’) upside-down apple biscuits.


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

Love everything you cook, and yes bake! We should have a pie crust party, because I’m a bit of a phobe too.


Paula @ Dishing the Divine September 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

Oh my gosh… I’m going gaga for all these desserts!!!!


Cookie and Kate September 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I’m thoroughly inspired by all five of these creative apple desserts! I can’t wait to stock up on apples and cook up some sweet fall desserts to go along with my homemade vanilla bean ice cream.


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

Oh, your recipe looks amazing. And a definite topper to the cuppers.


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

What a delicious, gorgeous roundup of apple desserts. Your tartlets look amazing but never discard puff pastry :)


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

You are so right Barb. I actually did save it and made mini galettes for my daughter that leaked out all over the sheet. The muffin tins definitely work best at this size. :)


Michael September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I am so thrilled I am posted on your beautiful site! Those apple cuplettes and the other desserts are incredibly gorgeous as they look delicious.


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

You are so welcome. Your cake was a hit in this post, a fan-fave. But I mean, why not, just look at it!


Deborah September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love your cuplettes!! What a great treat for when you don’t want to go all out to make pie. And as always, I love all of your finds!


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:01 am

Aren’t they cute lil’ things? And the perfect excuse to put away your rolling pin.


Denise @ TLT September 29, 2011 at 4:39 am

Gorgeous! The smell of apple and cinnamon, that just screams Fall…


Radhika September 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

I am *SO* loving the picture of your apple pie cuplettes – simply magazine class! GORGEOUS!
I’m almost certain how oh-so-delish they must be…
BTW, need I tell you how hooked I am to Donna Hay ever since you intro’d me to it? xoxo


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

Radhika you are too kind. And yup, purdy tasty!


Erika - The Teenage Taste October 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Love this recipe round-up! I am bookmarking all of these! :-)


SeattleDee October 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

What a terrific cuplette idea, and the photo looks so tempting I wanted to lick the screen. These easy little cuties will end my next ladies lunch and bring satisfied smiles all around.


Kasey October 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

WOW. Those upside down apple biscuits sound absolutely amazing!


Elvira Small December 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

You are so right Barb. What a terrific cuplette idea, and the photo looks so tempting I wanted to lick the screen. Aren’t they cute lil’ things? I actually did save it and made mini galettes for my daughter that leaked out all over the sheet.


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Cherie September 7, 2014 at 6:26 am

Hi! This looks amazing! Do you think I can replace the puff pastry with bread instead?


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